Sunday, March 19 2006

Get on the Scene, Now

Leeds, and the nearby cities of Sheffield and Wakefield, are part of a musical renaissance. Warner talks with members of two bands from the area, each with contrasting views on this new 'scene'.

Thursday, March 16 2006

Paranoid Much?

You know how some people still fear that a camera turned on one's visage captures one's soul? Well, some part of our selves is certainly caught up by today's 'watchful' technology.

Wednesday, March 15 2006

The Queen Isn’t Dead

Fearing an embarrassing failure on the scale of the Star Wars prequels, Begrand braves Queensryche's new sequel to its 20-year-old masterpiece Operation: Mindcrime.

Tuesday, March 14 2006

Inventing Is Art, But the Inventor Is Not Always an Artist

Thomas Edison, a cinematic artist? Probably not. But according to our resident film historian, his place in the annals of motion pictures -- and their technology -- is secure.

Monday, March 13 2006

Going Cuckoo

Homeland Security resides with the Ministry of Agriculture. From mad cows to birds with the lurgy: there's no getting away from biological warfare. Channel Crossings takes a political detour to see why British and French ministers never bite the hand that feeds them.

Sunday, March 12 2006

Wigger: The Strange Case of a Troublesome Word

In these days of blurred ethnic barriers, our resident cultural critic looks at the current state of race relations, and how one troublesome word came to define -- and defame -- an entire social stereotype.

Thursday, March 9 2006

Modern Day Hottietots

There is much to be made of / on / about a black woman's backside.

Wednesday, March 8 2006

The Snacks Attack Society

Shopping, cooking, eating, washing dishes... it's all such a time-sucking, distracting chore. Best to wrap it all up in plastic and hurry it along, lest lost time eat at you.

Tuesday, March 7 2006

We Meet Again, Mr… Bond?

Will audiences bond with the new blond bond? Or will this Bond bomb?

The Movie Blurb Game

The ultimate in elegant time wasting for the obsessive film fan.

Monday, March 6 2006

Blonde Persephone

While it may mark the final film for two of Hollywood's legendary icons, our resident classic film connoisseur says there's more to Arthur Miller's 'Eastern Western' than meets the cinematic eye.

Sunday, March 5 2006

Oscar, and (His) Agenda

This year's Oscars looks set to be one of those rarest of Oscar years: the attempt at a statement.

Thursday, March 2 2006

Keeping the Line Between the Past and the Present

Pulitzer Prize-winner Doug Wright talks to Performance Oriented about his new stage adaptation of Grey Gardens; or, How to Make 'Morbid Eccentrics' Sing and Dance.

Wednesday, March 1 2006

The Sounds of Now: Brian Ferneyhough

In the first of a series of contemporary composer profiles, Jenkins discusses Brian Ferneyhough, whose complex scores force performers to confront the boundaries of the possible.

Tuesday, February 28 2006

Go Tell It on the Mountain

Regarding the slow but steady rise of tolerance in the US, maybe it's not faith moving mountains... maybe it's the Mountain that's moving us.

The Academy NIT

Year in and year out, Oscar typically misses some noteworthy candidates for recognition. Stale Popcorn offers its list of overlooked gems in this annual March 'madness'.

Monday, February 27 2006

The Big Picture

In the bloody wake of ill-penned cartoons lay scattered caricatures of ourselves.

Sunday, February 26 2006

Vintage Venom

Looking for a classic bit of 'cruelty' with 'intentions' that are all too clear? Our resident literary 'liaison' argues the case for this 1988 masterwork of manipulation.

Wednesday, February 22 2006

Feminine But Not Feminist

Why some 'girl groups' must be identified as such and others feel inclined to avoid feminist descriptors: Cober-Lake gauges the cumulative effect of gender-obsessed definitions.

Tuesday, February 21 2006

A New Kind of Magic: Part II: The Modern Prometheus

In the second of a three-part look at the symbiotic relationship between the horror film and special effects, our Dread specialist shows how Mary Shelley's mythical monster, and a unique approach to art design, forever changed the horror film.

//Mixed media

Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies

// Marginal Utility

"The social-media companies have largely succeeded in persuading users of their platforms' neutrality. What we fail to see is that these new identities are no less contingent and dictated to us then the ones circumscribed by tradition; only now the constraints are imposed by for-profit companies in explicit service of gain.

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